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26 DMV Questions of Safety Margins

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1. If you are at a junction with limited visibility, you should:

A. Creep forward, looking to the right
B. Creep forward, looking to the left
C. Creep forward, looking both ways
D. Be ready to move off quickly

2. If your car is fitted with anti-lock brakes, and you need to stop in an emergency. You should:

A. Brake normally and avoid turning the steering wheel
B. Press the brake pedal rapidly and firmly until you have stopped
C. Keep pushing and releasing the foot brake quickly to prevent skidding
D. Apply the handbrake to reduce the stopping distance

3. You are turning left on a slippery road. The back of your vehicle slides to the right. You should:

A. Brake firmly and not turn the steering wheel
B. Steer carefully to the left
C. Steer carefully to the right
D. Brake firmly and steer to the left

4. You have driven your car through a flood. What is the first thing you should do?

A. Stop and check the tyres
B. Stop and dry the brakes
C. Switch on your windscreen wipers
D. Test your brakes

5. Coasting the car:

A. Improves the driver’s control
B. Makes steering easier
C. Reduces the driver’s control
D. Uses more fuel

6. What is the most common reason a car skids?

A. Worn tyres
B. Driver error
C. Other vehicles
D. Pedestrians

7. 'Only a fool breaks the Two-Second Rule' refers to:

A. The time recommended when using the choke
B. The separation distance when riding in good conditions
C. Restarting a stalled engine in busy traffic
D. The time you should keep your foot down at a junction

8. Anti-lock brakes reduce the chances of a skid occurring particularly when:

A. Driving down steep hills
B. Breaking during normal driving
C. Breaking in an emergency
D. Driving on good road surfaces

9. When braking hard in a straight line, most of the weight of the vehicle will shift onto the

A. Front wheels
B. Rear wheels
C. Left wheels
D. Right wheels

10. When approaching a right-hand bend you should keep well to the left. Why this?

A. To improve your view of the road
B. To overcome the effect of the road’s slope
C. To let faster traffic from behind overtake
D. To be positioned safely if the vehicle skids

11. You are on a long, downhill slope. What should you do to help control the speed of your car?

A. Select neutral
B. Select a lower gear
C. Grip the handbrake firmly
D. Apply the parking brake gently

12. You are on a fast, open road and driving in good conditions. For safety, the distance between you and the vehicle in front should be:

A. A two-second time gap
B. One car length
C. 2 metre (6 feet 6 inches)
D. Two car lengths

13. You are driving in heavy rain. Your steering suddenly becomes very light. You should

A. Steer towards the side of the road
B. Apply gentle acceleration
C. Brake firmly to reduce speed
D. Ease off the accelerator

14. The 'two-second rule' allows you to:

A. Keep a safe distance from the car in front
B. Keep the correct distance from the kerb
C. Check your blind spot
D. Check your mirrors

15. Your vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes. If you are braking on a wet road and your vehicle begins to skid. What is the FIRST thing you should do?

A. Quickly pull up the handbrake
B. Release the footbrake fully
C. Push harder on the brake pedal
D. Gently use the accelerator

16. Vehicles fitted with an anti-lock brake system

A. Are impossible to skid
B. Can be steered while you are braking
C. Accelerate much faster
D. Are not fitted with a handbrake

17. If you are on good, dry road surface and your vehicle has good brakes and tyres, what is the overall stopping distance at 30mph (48 km/h)?

A. 23 metres (75 feet)
B. 36 metres (118 feet)
C. 53 metres (174 feet)
D. 96 metres (315 feet)

18. You are approaching a right-hand bend. You should:

A. Keep well to the left as it makes the bend faster
B. Keep well to the left for a better view around the bend
C. Keep well to the right to avoid anything in the gutter
D. Keep well to the right to make the bend less sharp

19. The main cause of skidding is:

A. The weather
B. The driver
C. The vehicle
D. The road

20. How can you use the engine of your vehicle as a brake?

A. By changing to a lower gear
B. By selecting reverse gear
C. By changing to a higher gear
D. By selecting neutral gear

21. Your indicators may be difficult to see in bright sunlight. What should you do?

A. Give an arm signal as well as using your indicator
B. Touch the brake several times to show the stop lamp(s)
C. Turn as quickly as you can

22. Braking hard at a high speed on a sharp bend can make your vehicle

A. More stable
B. Unstable
C. Stall
D. Corner safely

23. You are about to go down a steep hill. To control the speed of your car you should:

A. Select a high gear and use the brakes carefully
B. Select a high gear and use the brakes firmly
C. Select a low gear and use the brakes carefully
D. Select a low gear and avoid using the brakes

24. When should you use front and rear fog lights?

A. During any time of the day or night to make sure that other road users see me.
B. When going through tunnels.
C. When the road is unlit by street lamps or they are not working.
D. When it is raining and just in case the roads are slippery.
E. When visibility is considerably reduced because of fog.

25. You are driving in a built-up residential area. You should:

A. Move across to the lefthand side of the road
B. Wait for any pedestrians to cross
C. Slow your vehicle right down
D. Stop and check both pavements

26. Your overall stopping distance will be longer when driving:

A. In the rain
B. In fog
C. At night
D. In strong winds

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